Postgraduate taught 

English Literature: American Modern Literature MLitt

Canadian Literature (PGT) ENGLIT5111

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This masters-level course introduces a range of internationally celebrated Canadian authors, exploring their work in relation to questions about place and landscape, nationality and migration, community and history.


One-hour lecture and one-hour seminar weekly which may be taught concurrently with ENGLIT4127, as scheduled on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses



■ 35% mid-term essay (1500 words)

■ 65% final essay (3500 words)

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with the opportunity to:

■ explore the development and diversity of Canadian writing in English over the past hundred years, and discuss the processes by which a national literature is constructed;

■ analyse the politics of literary representations of colonial and postcolonial encounter, of wilderness, and of diasporic and multiethnic communities.

■ enable students to develop individually selected areas of specialised research

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to:

■ conduct advanced critical work on Canadian literary texts in relation to geography, history and intercultural exchange

■ interrogate the issues of race, gender and cultural power which emerge in the attempt to identify national and regional literary traditions;

■ work in sophisticated ways with a range of online text archives and with interdisciplinary scholarly resources in Canadian Studies.

■ communicate responses to the material studied on the course both orally and in written form through coherent and persuasive argument.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.